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MINUTES 

OP THE 

Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Association 




1913 



ELDEB J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 



J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer, 
Marshville, N. C. 



MINUTES 

OF THE 

Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Association 



SPRING AND FALL SESSION 
1913. 



Twenty-Ninth Spring Session, held with the Church at 
Pleasant Hill, Iredell County, N. C, commencing on Sat- 
urday before the first Sunday in May, 1913. 

Also the Eighty-Second or Fall Session, held with the 
Church at Lawyers Spring, Anson County, N. C, com- 
mencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in October, 
1913. 



Compiled and Distributed by 

J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer, 
Marshville, N. C. 



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PROCEEDINGS. 



Pleasant Hill, Iredell County, N. C, 

May 3rd, 1913. 

Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock A. M. Introductory 
sermon delivered by Elder Henry Taylor. Text Joshua 1st 
and 2nd. Intermission one hour. 

At 1 P. M. the ministers and messengers present con- 
Yened in the house. Praise and prayer by Elder M. L. 
"Willard. 

Then the Association was called to order by Elder Mills. 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches 
which were handed in and read by Brother H. M. Baucom. 

2. Ee-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

3. Called for petitionary letters, when one was handed 
in and read from the nev/ly organized church at High 
Ridge, asking admittance in the Association, which request 
was granted and the messengers seated and welcomed by 
the moderator extending the right hand of fellowship. 

4. Invited messengers from sister associations to seats. 
Elder C. A. Davis of Salem was present and seated. 

5. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
55eats also, when Brothers H. W. Johnson and F. M. Wil- 
liams of Salem, C. J. Edwards of Mountain District and. 
Jonas Taylor of Spartanburg, were presented and welcomed. 

6. Appointed on Committee of Arrangements Brethren 
II. M. Baucom, Aaron Furr and T. M. Broom with moder- 
ator and clerk. 

7. Appointed Elders M. L. Willard, C. A. Davis and 
J. F. Mills to preach at the stand, on tomorrow, service to 
commence at 10 A. M. 

* 8. Adjourned to 9 :30 Monday morning. Benediction 
by the moderator. 

While the Association was in session in the house, Elders 
J. E. Williams and C. A. Davis preached at the stand. 

SUNDAY MOENING, MAY 4. 

Assembled at the stand at 10 A. M. Service introduced 
with praise and prayer. Then Elder J. F. Mills preached 
from St. Puke 2:11, followed by Elder M. L. Willard from 
Eomans 4 and 1 to 5. Intermission one hour. 

Then Elder C. A. Davis preached from Isaiah 43 and 7, 
and closed by Elder H. M. Williams. 



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MONDAY MORNING, MAY 5. 



Convened in the house at 9 :30 pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder C. A. Davis. 

9. Called on Committee of Arrangements to report. 
Report read and adopted. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers to report. El- 
der C. A. Davis reported that the Salem Association is in 
peace. 

11. Cabled on corresponding messengers to sister asso- 
ciations to report. Elder Mills reported that he attended 
the Mill Branch Association, found them in peace and had 
good meeting. Received and distributed corresponding 
minutes from Salem, Abbott's Creek, Silver Creek and 
Mountain District, also Mill Branch. 

12. Called on Presbj^teries to report. The moderator, 
Elder Mills, reported that himself with Elders W. T. Broad- 
way and H. M. Williams formed a presbytery at High 
Ridge meeting house in Union County, N. C, on Saturday 
before the 5th Sunday in April, 1913, and then and there 
organized a Primitive Baptist Church. 

13. That we rteturn thanks to God and this church and 
people of the vicimity for hospitality during this meeting. 

14. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last 
minute. Benediction by the moderator. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk. 



Monday while the session was held in the house, there 
was preaching at the stand, first by Elder J. E. "Williams. 
Text, St. John 7 and 37. Then by Elder C. A. Davis. Text 
Hebrews 8 and 1st, and closed by Elder M. L. Willard in 
a short but impressive sermon. 

This was a good meeting. 

MESSENGERS, SPRING SESSION, 1913. 

Albemarle — W. H. Hinson*, I. Furr*, David Howard*. 
Bear Creek — Elder J. E. Williams, Aaron Furr, W. P. 
Bowers. 

Bethany — By Letter. 

Broom's Grove — T. M. Broom, Elder H. M. Williams, 
J. P. Huneycutt. 

Concord— D. S. Blake*, J. D. Carrieker*, Elder W. R. 
Helms. 



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Clark's Grove— S. B. Tucker*, J. L. Helms, J. F. Howell*. 
Crooked Creek— J. M. Austin, W. D. Benton, L. L. Little*. 
Freedom — Not represented. 

High Hill— eT. J. Hill, S. A. Helms*, J. J. Williams. 
Howard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, R. B. Burrus, J. A. Hin- 
son*. 

High Ridge — S. Edwards, J. P. Rushing, E. L. Griffin*. 
Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, E. W. Helms, W. A. Helms. 
eTones Hill — J. F. Curlee, A. A. Morton, Henry Howard. 
Liberty— Elder H. Taylor, D. S. Jones*, S. D. Outen*. 
Liberty Hill— R. T. Burrus, C. W. Safley*, W. H. Hin- 
son " . 

Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, C. B. Ed- 
wards. 

Meadow Creek— D. M. Hathcoek, J. A. Barbee*, H.Shoe*. 

Mountain Creek — Elder B. L. Treece*, J. E. Russell*, 
J. S. Miller*. 

New Zion — S. M. Underwood*, James Broom*. 

Pleasant Hill — Sam Rimmer, J. S. Norris, J. M. Hartsell. 

Pleasant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, J. A. Jones*, T. A. 
Helms*. 

Running Creek— W. M. Alman, J. H. :McClure, G. M. 
Tucker*. 

Union Grove— J. T. Price, T. F. Hill. 
Watson— S. L. Mullis*, Joel Mullis*, E. C. Williams*. 
Wadesboro — W. A. Dry*, W. D. Edwards*. 
Absentees marked thus, *. 



FALL SESSION. 

Lawyers Spring, Anson County, N. C. 

October 4th, 1913. 
Introductory sermon preached by Elder J. E. Williams. 
Text, St. John 7 and 16. Intermission fifty minutes, then 
assembled in the house. Praise and prayer by Elder J. E. 
Adams. Then proceeded to business. Elder Mills presiding. 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches. 
They were handed in and read by Bro. H. M. Baucom. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

3. Invited corresponding messengers from sister asso- 
ciations to seats. Present and seated were the following : 
From Abbott's Creek, Elders W. T. Broadway, Samuel 
McMillon and Brother Solomon Snyder. From Salem, Elder 



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C. A. Davis. From Silver Creek, Brothers J. R. Moore and 
Foster Beam. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
seats also. Brother J. W. Brown was present from Mill 
Branch. Also Elder J. F. Farmer of Wilson, N. C, and 
Elder J. E. Adams. 

5. Appointed a committee to arrange business for 
Monday as follows : Elder J. E. Williams and Brethren 
Aaron Furr and W. H. Hinson with moderator and clerk. 

6. Appointed on Finance Committee Brethren S. A. 
Helms and D. M. Hathcock. 

7. Appointed Elders J. E. Adams, Samuel McMillon, 
J. F. Farmer and C. A. Davis to preach at the stand Sun- 
day, service at 10 o'clock A. M. 

8. Adjourned to 10 A. M. Monday. Benediction by the 
moderator. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE STAND. 

Peaching by Elder J. F. Farmer. Text, "Confer not 
with flesh and blood," etc., followed by Elder Samuel 
McMillon. Text, "Ye are not your own, ye are bought 
with a price." 

SUNDAY SERVICES, OCTOBER 5. 

Service opened at the stand with praise and prayer by 
Elder Henry Taylor. Then Elder J. E. Adams preached 
from 1st Cor. 1 :18, followed by Elder Samuel McMillon, 
from these words, "If God be for us who can be against 
us." Intermission one hour. Then preaching by Elder 
J. F. Farmer from this Scripture: "All things work to- 
gether for good to them who are called according to His 
purpose," followed and closed by Elder C. A. Davis from 
Isaiah 40:6. 

MONDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 6. 

Reconvened pursuant to adjournment. Praise and prayer 
by Elder C. A. Davis. 

9. Called on arrangement committee to report. Report 
read and adopted. 

10. Called names of messengers and noted absentees. 
(Suspend reading Rules.) 

11. Called corresponding messengers to sister associa- 
tions to report. All failed to attend but were excused. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers from sister as- 

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sociations to report. Bro. J. E. Moore reported from Silver 
Creek and that they are in peace. Elder W. T. Broadaway 
reported from Abbott's Creek and that they also are in 
peace. Eeceived minutes from Center and Silver Creek. 

13. Appointed correspondence with sister associations 
as follows : 

To Mill Branch— Elders J. F. Mills, W. C. Edwards, Bro. 
S. Edwards, and file of minutes. 

To Abbott's Creek— Elders J. E. Williams, J. F. Mills, 
W. E. Helms and Brothers P. A. Howard, W. A. Helms, 
and minutes. 

To Salem — Elder W. E. Helms, Bro. P. A. Howard, and 
file of minutes. 

To Mountain District file of minutes. 

To Silver Creek — Elders J. E. Williams, W. E. Helms, 
and file of minutes. 

To Center file of minutes. 

14. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder II. M. Wil- 
liams reported that himself and Elder W. T. Broadway 
formed a presbytery at New Zion Church on Saturday be- 
fore the second Sunday in August, 1913, and ordained Bro. 
W. M. Coley a deacon. 

15. Treasurer reported on hand from last year $15.00 

16. Finance Committee reports sent up for min- 
ute and associational purposes this year $32.60 



Total moneys, $47.60 

17. That the next Spring Session of this Association be 
held with the church at Freedom, Stanly County, N. C, 
commencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 
1914. Elder J. E. Williams to preach the introductory ser- 
mon. Elder Henry Taylor alternate. The Fall or Annual 
Session to convene with the church at High Eidge, Union 
County, N. C, to commence on Saturday before the first 
Sunday in October, 1914. Elder J. F. Mills to preach the 
introductory sermon. Elder B. L. Treece his alternate. 

18. That the clerk have the notices of these meetings 
published in The Landmark and Primitive Baptist. 

19. That the clerk have 800 copies of these minutes 
printed. Distribute as usual and that we allow him same 
amount as last year for services. 

20. Donated $1.50 each to visiting and our own minis- 



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ters present out of associational fund. The clerk and treas- 
urer turned said amounts over to thirteen ministers. 

21. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
friends of vicinity for favor and hospitality during this 
meeting. 

22. A majority of the churches voted not to divide this 
Association. 

23. Adjourned to times and places above mentioned. 
Benediction by the moderator. 

(AVhile in session in the house preaching service con- 
ducted at the stand by Elders 0. J. Denny and B. L. Treece.) 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk. 



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FORM OF GOVERNMENT 



Or Constitution of the Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Asso- 
ciation, which was Adopted in the Date of A. D. 
1832, and has been in Vogue Ever Since. 

1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly 
chosen by the different churches in our union and sent to 
represent them in the Association, who producing letters 
from their respective churches certifying to their appoint- 
ment, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2nd. In the letters from the different churches, shall 
be expressed their members in full fellowship, those bap- 
tized, received by letter, excommunicated, restored and dead 
since the last Association. 

3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be 
denominated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no 
power to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any ecclesi- 
astical power to infringe on the internal rights of the church, 
nevertheless in some cases, it becomes necessary to have some 
uniform rule of proceeding, viz. : when an offense may be 
committed by one church against another, we advise the 
church so offended to labor with the offender for satisfac- 
tion, and if she fails of success, she may call in the aid of 
two or more churches in the union to assist in the labors, and 
if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps cannot be 
obtained, then the aggrieved church may bring the case 
before the Association, whose duty it shall be to act on it; 
and also, when any serious difference may arise, in any in- 
dividual church, which they all, after due labor had, cannot 
reconcile, Ave advise the church then to call in the aid of 
two or more churches in the union to asist in the work ; 
and, if no satisfaction can be had, it may be brought before 
the Association!, who shall act on it, and to further illustrate 
the mode of proceeding in the above cases, reference shall 
be had in the 18th chapter of the Gospel by Matthew and 
other Scripture, which respect discipline for the bringing 
to trial, and determining on the case of an individual mem- 
ber in an individual church, and the Association will take 
cognizance of no case of the kind unless the above pro- 
ceeding be had thereon. 

4th. The Association when convened shall be governed 
by a regular and proper Decorum, which they are author- 
ized to form for themselves. 

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5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker, or 
Moderator, from among themselves for the time being, whose 
duty it shall be to see that the Rules of Decorum shall be 
attended to, take the opinion of the Association on all 
questions properly brought before them; and a Clerk shall 
be appointed by the Association, whose duty it shall be to 
take a correct minute of the proceedings of the Association, 
keep a regular file of the minutes, who shall be at liberty 
to choose his assistant. . 

6th. New churches may be admitted into this union, 
who shall petition by letter and delegate or delegates on 
examination, if found orthodox and orderly may be receiv- 
ed and may be manifested by the Chief Speaker or Mod- 
erator giving the right hand of fellowship to the delegate 
or delegates. 

7th. Every church or delegate shall be entitled to rep- 
resentation in the Association, but shall not have more than 
three members from a church. 

8th. Any query presented to the Association by any 
church in the union shall be read, on which the sense of the 
Association shall be taken, whether it be considered, and 
if there be a majority for taking it into consideration it 
shall be examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, never- 
theless no query except such as relate to the general union 
shall be received from any church which has not been de- 
liberately considered in the church in which it originated 
and which they cannot get satisfaction. 

9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall 
come under the consideration of the Association unless it be 
withdrawn by the person who made it together with his 
second. 

10th. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the 
churches with minutes of the proceedings, and in order 
to enable them to do it in the most convenient manner it is 
recommended that the churches should contribute such sums 
of money as they think proper and send by their messengers, 
which, when received, shall be put into the hands of the 
Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and shall be dis- 
tributed as the Association may direct for the benefit of 
the churches. 

11th. Presbyteries for the purpose of constituting 
churches, or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or- 
daining ministers or restoring those whose gifts have been 
suspended by excommunication to their former function, 



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shall be composed of two or more ministers in the union. 

12th. The Association shall provide for the general 
union of the churches, preserve the chain of communication 
among them, give them advice in matters of difficulties, 
enquire into the cause why any churches fail to represent 
themselves in the Association, appropriate the money sent 
by the churches for Associational fund to any purpose they 
may think proper or necessary for the benefit of the 
churches, and appoint any member or members of the As- 
sociation with his or their consent to transact any business 
for the benefit of the union which they think proper. 

13th. The Asociation may withdraw from any church or 
churches that are disorderly in principle or practice. 

14th. The Association may, at its sitting, admit any 
distant brethren, whose principles accord with theirs, to sit 
with them, who shall be at liberty to discourse upon any 
question, and give his light, but not permitted to vote ex- 
cept touching the general union. 

15th. All questions should be determined by a majority 
of members present, except in the reception of churches 
which should be unanimous. 

16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to do 
business. 

17th. Amendments may be made to this form of gov- 
ernment and to this constitution — a majority of the mem- 
bers being present. 

18th. The minutes of this Association shall be read and 
corrected, if need be, and signed by the Chief Speaker 
and Clerk. 

19th. The Association may adjourn to any time and 
place they may think proper. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH. 

Article 1. AVe believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2 We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection 
in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative 
union with the Divine Word, and thus united w^ith the 
w^hole Trinity. 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testaments contain the only written revealed word of 
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice for 



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God's church- in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God 
chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world began. 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by trans- 
gression in Adam, their federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover 
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and ability. 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and His right- 
eousness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never finally fa-ll away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that believ- 
ers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only proper 
communicants of the supper; that the mode of baptism is 
immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to be altered 
or changed by the inventions or opinions of men. 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
•regularly baptized, called of God and have come under the 
imposition of hands by a regular presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the ressurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked 
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 



RULES OF DECORUM. 

1. A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be 
chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat 
at the hour to which the Association shall be adjourned, 
and after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his 
duty to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same privi- 
leges of speech as that of another; provided he appoint one 
of the members to fill the chair during the exercise of such 
privilege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the Asso- 
ciation be equally divided. 



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3. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the chief 
speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and 
shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the subject, 
and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, so as to 
make remarks on his slips and failings and imperfections, 
but shall fairly give his own views of the case without 
sophistry and criticism. 

4. No person shall speak more than three times on one 
subject without leave of the Association. 

5. No person shall absent himself from the Asociation 
without leave. 

6. No member of the Association shall address any other 
member by any other term or name than that of brother. 

7. The chief speaker or moderator shall not interrupt 
one member to prohibit him froiq speaking until his speech 
is finished, except he break the Rules of Decorum. 

8. The names of all the members of this Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as 
the Association may require. 

9. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly 
break or violate am^^ of the foregoing rules of the Associa- 
tion shall be reproved by the Association in any way they 
may think proper. 



FALL SESSION, 1913. 
Church Clerks and Their Addresses. 

Albemarle — W. H. Hinson, Albemarle, N. C. 

Bear Creek — Aaron Furr, Bloomington, N. C. 

Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, Route 2, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Broom's Grove — J. P. Hunevcutt, Monroe, N. C. 

Concord — D. S. Blake, Concord, N. C. 

Clark's Grove — J. L. Helms, Locust Level, N. C. 

Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, R. 2, Indian Trail, N. C. 

Freedom — A. J. Deese, Whitley, N. C. 

High Ridge — J. P. Rushing, Route 2, Marshville, N. C. 

High Hill— S. A. Helms, Monroe, N. C. 

Howard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, R. 1, Norwood, N. C. 

Jerusalem — J. W. Godwin, Route 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Jones' Hill— J. S. Little, Big Lick, N. C. 

Liberty — Oscar Broom, Route 1, Monroe, N. C. 

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Liberty Hill— C. W. Safly, Bridgeport, N. C. 
Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, Marshville, N. C. 
Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcoek, Locust Level, N. C. 
Mountain Creek — J. E. Russell, R. 2, Albemarle, N. C. 
New Zion — S. M. Underwood, Route 7, Concord, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill — H. P. Cashion, Route 2, Barber, N. C. 
Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. 
Running Creek — G. M. Tucker, Route 1, Mount Pleas- 
ant, N. C. 

Union Grove — I. N. Medlin, Monroe, N. C. 
Watson — S. L. Mullis, Route — , Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro — W. D. Edwards, Polkton, N. C. 



COMMUNION MEETINGS. 

Albemarle — Third Sunday in September. 
Bear Creek — First Sunday in August. 
Bethany — Third Sunday in August. 
Broom's Grove — Fourth Sunday in September. 
Concord — Third Sunday in June. 
Clark's Grove — Second Sunday in July. 
Crooked Creek — Third Sunday in July. 
Freedom — Fourth Sunday in September. 
High Hill — First Sunday in September. 
High Ridge — Third Sunday in July. 

Howard's Chapel — Saturday before the 4th Sunday in 
September. 

Jerusalem — Second Sunday in August. 

Jones' Hill^ — Third Sunday in September. 

Liberty — Fourth Sunday in July. 

Liberty Hill — Fourth Sunday in July. 

Lawyers Spring — First Sunday in August. 

Meadow Creek — Third Sunday in August. 

Mountain Creek — Saturday before the 2nd Sunday in 
September. 

New Zion — Second Sunday in September. 

Pleasant Hill — Fourth Sunday in June. 

Pleasant Grove — Second Sunday in July. 

Running Creek — Second Sunday in August. 

Union Grove — Second Sunday in September. 

Watson — Fourth Sunday in May. 

Wadesboro — Not settled upon. ^ ' , - 

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ADDRESSES OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



Elder, J, E. Williams, Bloomington, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C. 
Elder Walter Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 



Elder, J. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder, J, E. Williams, Bloomington, N. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N 
Elder Walter Edwards, Wingate, N. C 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT, 1913. 

Left over from last year $15.00 

Sent up by churches this year 32.60 

Total $47.60 

Given to ministers 19.50 

Remainder $28.10 

For printing minutes $15.00 

Allowed to clerk $ 8.00 

Expenses . $23.00 $23.00 

Left in clerk's hands . $ 5.10 

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